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Glass and Ceramics

UvA Ceramics, Glass and Stone
Ceramics and glass conservation. Photo: Kate van Lookeren.

‘The Art of Earth, Wind and Fire’ - 20,000 years of cultural and artistic expression. Ceramic was the first synthetic material to be made; the result of subjecting clay to fire to produce artifi cial stone. It is the oldest material created in the history of mankind and has been central in man’s social, industrial and artistic development. Ceramic and glass all originate from the same raw materials resulting in very similar conservation issues.

The technical and creative way in which these materials have been worked, decorated and used provides endless challenges for the conservator and demands a broad-ranging and innovative training programme. The objects treated during the course can range from delicate archaeological Egyptian faience to monumental outdoor sculpture and from refined Chinese porcelain in museum collections to antique mirrors in historic houses.

The combination of these interrelated disciplines at Master level enables the cross-fertilisation of ideas and encourages a broad approach to research and conservation solutions. In the Post-Master programme students choose to specialise in either glass or ceramics.


In 2010 students assess the condition of a ceramic tile relief De Kandelaar from the 1960s by Josje Smit (1926-2003) that used to be part of a school in Castricum. Condition report and video (both in Dutch).

This resulted in the conservation treatment of De Kandelaar in 2014.